Can your business afford not to be energy efficient?

Tuesday 31 January, 2017

Do you fully understand your power bill and who decides how much you are paying for your consumption and your network charges?

Do you understand what and how you can negotiate a better deal and service from your electricity supplier?

What’s the best way to reduce your energy consumption without impacting on your operations?

Network charges are set by the distributor and you have no control over these charges. What can you do to reduce them and avoid paying for power that you are not using?

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) and corporate partner Quality Energy have teamed up to bring you all the answers in an exclusive webinar on February 20.

This webinar, Can your business afford not to be energy efficient?, will give owners and managers the tools to successfully negotiate the best possible outcome for your business.

Quality Energy, the manufacturing and construction winners at the 2016 Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards, design, build and install site-specific power factor correction systems tailored to your business needs.

The Australian-owned and operated company, based at Yatala, between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, promises to minimise wasted energy, improve efficiency and save you money.

Since installing a power factor correction system, Priestley’s Gourmet Delights saved more than $6000 dollars in electricity costs in three months.

CCIQ ecoBiz star partners Priestley’s Gourmet Delights combine a passion for quality products with a sustainable approach to world class manufacturing practices,

Driven by an increasing number of clients asking if they had a sustainability program, the company embarked on their ecoBiz journey in 2008 and began to reap the benefits.

The greatest benefit was the installation of their power factor correction (PFC) units, so much so they want to install a PFC in their NZ plant.

Power factor is the measure of how effectively your business uses its electricity supply.

It is the ratio of real power (kW) to apparent power (kVA). The difference between real power and apparent power is wasted power and was costing Priestley’s more than $2000 every month.

Since installing a custom-designed power factor correction solution, Priestley’s has avoided over 22 per cent of their demand charges by increasing the power factor from 0.764 to 0.996.

“With a custom-made power factor solution, Priestley’s were able to reduce their energy costs by over $6000 in just a three- month period,” said Quality Energy’s Luke Stratford.

Priestley’s began their sustainability efforts by installing a waste water recycling system from their washers. From there they moved onto their ovens by switching from electric to gas.

Priestley’s are about to embark on a new project upgrading high energy lighting to low energy LED lights upgrading high energy lighting to low energy LED lights.

Priestley’s Gourmet Delights produce a range of desserts for the Australian market and internationally with key accounts in the café, restaurant, catering and food service markets.

Mr Stratford said while power factor correction was the core of Quality Energy business, the company was also looking at a more holistic view on energy efficiency.

“With the upcoming webinar, we will be looking at your power bill and how to maximise savings within it,” he said.

“We will look at what products are out in the market to help reduce costs.”

Mr Stratford said Quality Energy had included LED lighting, solar energy and voltage optimisation with its power factor correction solutions.

“We have a good team right across these four measures. We can look at them as an individual solutions or working together to help reduce costs.

“We are trying to broaden the audience and help businesses save on their power bills.”

The power is in your hands. When you’re busy running your business, the last thing on your mind is usually calculating kilowatts.

Yet the bottom line is this: the bottom line matters. Keep your energy costs in control and you’ll free up cash to flow in other areas of your business.

Happily, deciding to be energy efficient does more than just save money. Because it gets you and your team focused on new ways of working in your business, you’ll find it has other flow-on effects – like greater productivity, smarter ways of working, reduced maintenance costs and better corporate reputation.

How hard you decide to push energy efficiency in your business depends on lots of factors, including your budget and time availability.

So, where do you start? Before you start changing lightbulbs, register for the webinar and learn how to take control of your energy use.

Remember, businesses that become energy efficient cut 35 per cent from their bills.

Quality Energy Webinar: Monday February 20, 12:00 pm. Register here:


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